VIDEO ROOM

Video Room has been serving the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood since 1988. We carry a large selection of movies on DVD and have an ever growing Blu-ray library. We specialize in hard-to-find and obscure cult classics, TV shows, foreign cinema, and film noir, in addition to the latest new releases. Check out our large Directors section and offbeat categories that make us unique. Kids and dogs are welcome. Senior discounts available. We do same day reservations. Free parking.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Releases - November 22, 2011

Conan the Barbarian [This 2011 reboot of the popular fantasy/action series stars Jason Momoa, one of the hunks from TV's Stargate Atlantis, as the muscular hero who battles evil rulers and huge creatures alike in an ancient time while romancing the female lead. Although this version won't make you forget the 1982 version with Arnold Schwarzenegger, there is enough action and state of the art special FX creatures to make it an enjoyable remake. Momoa is good and magnetic in a tough role considering he had a big loincloth to fill. Rachel Nichols, from G.I. Joe and TV's Criminal Minds, makes a ballsy and fetching heroine, and Avatar's Stephen Lang is great as always as the main villain. Ron Perlman briefly plays Conan's dad and the main reason Conan seeks vengeance against Lang. Directed by Marcus Nispel.]

Devil's Double, The [Die Another Day's Lee Tamhori directed this underrated, excellent and exciting action thriller about a lookalike recruited to play a dangerous body double for the son of Saddam Hussein in the 1980's. Dominic Copper (An Education, Captain America: The First Avenger) is great in the dual role and is nicely supported by Ludivine Sagnier, Philip Quast, and Raad Rawi. 2011.]  

Queen of Hearts [2011 French romantic comedy directed by Valerie Donzelli  about a thirtysomething woman who goes through a painful breakup and is advised by her distant cousin to sleep with as many men as she can to get over her loss. As she flits from man to man, she finally finds the man of her dreams.]

Sarah's Key [Kristin Scott Thomas (Tell No One, I've Loved You So Long) gives another fine performance as an American journalist with a French husband who is assigned to write an article about the notorious roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942. As she and her husband plan to move into a Parisian apartment that his family acquired when a Jewish family was forced out, she discovers terrible secrets that his family buried. Directed by Gilles Pacquet-Brenner. 2011.]

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World [Jessica Alba re-teams with director Robert Rodriguez after Sin City and Machete and joins the Spy Kids franchise for the first time as a great and sexy ex-spy turned housewife who has to come out of retirement to save the world from a maniac. Entourage's Jeremy Piven has fun as the villain, and the many co-stars include the original Spy Kids Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, Joel McHale, Antonio Banderas, and Danny Trejo. Another hit sequel for the whole family. 2011.] 

Super 8 [Writer-Director J.J. Abrams follows up his excellent reboot of Star Trek with this terrific sci-fi/horror/action/coming of age hybrid, produced with Steven Spielberg,  about a group of high schoolers who try to make a horror film on Super 8 film and accidentally uncover a government conspiracy and a monster when they film a train wreck. If you have ever picked up a camera or a camcorder and tried to make a movie with a story, you will love this movie! The kid lead actors are all amazing, especially Joel Courtney as the deputy's son and star of the film and Elle Fanning who plays the film within the film's heroine and Courtney's crush. Among the adult actors, TV's Friday Night Light's Kyle Chandler is excellent as Courtney's grieving and angry father, and Ron Eldard is equally fine as Fanning's father and the man Chandler blames for his wife's death. Ironically, the least effective part of the film is the monster, but you will still be satsified thanks to Abrams' focus on making flesh and blood characters you really care about and filling the film with exciting twists and turns. In addition to the expected chilling monster effects, the train crash is a jaw-dropping cinema moment that is full of "production values!" as the teenage director Riley Griffiths exclaims. This film, more than any other in recent memory, will make you feel like a kid again. Highly recommended!]

Blu-ray:
Super 8       

Recent/New Arrivals:

Night Watch [Fun 1973 Brian G. Hutton gothic thriller starring Elizabeth Taylor as a rich shut-in who is terrorized in a mansion during a wicked storm. Laurence Harvey and Billie Whitelaw co-star.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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